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Over 40 students leading Providence Community Partnerships this year reflect on the question: "Why are you compelled to do this work?"
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Have you tasted a local tomato lately? Shopped at a farmers market, or taken a nutrition education class? For many Rhode Islanders, the answer is yes, thanks to Farm Fresh Rhode Island. In the ten years since it was founded, Farm Fresh Rhode Island has turned one state into a thriving healthy food system – and an example of success for a nation recognizing the need to go local.
In 2012, 440 students did not graduate in the Providence School District. Last year Billy Watterson, a senior on the Brown Wrestling team, established a local chapter of Beat the Streets, a national movement to bring wrestling programs to urban middle schools across the country. In less than one year, Beat the Streets PVD has built teams in five Providence schools. I attended the final summer practice at Gilbert Stuart Middle School to see why so many kids are taking to the mat.
Reflections from 40+ Community Fellows - student leaders of the Swearer Center's Providence Community Partnerships - written at their September retreat.
"Share with your lunch group the motivation for why you are compelled to do this work and why it’s important from a perspective of equity and access. Then, distill your motivations into anonymous statements of 20 words or fewer."